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THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE

by Joël Karekezi

synopsis

Set in 1998, shortly after the start of the Second Congo War, The Mercy of the Jungle follows a pair of lost Rwandan soldiers as they navigate the wilderness and confront their own existential crises.
Sergeant Xavier is a veteran of Rwanda’s ethnic conflicts, while Private Faustin is a fresh recruit eager to avenge the killing of his father and brothers. One night their battalion scrambles away to hunt down a group of rebels, and Xavier and Faustin are left behind just as Congolese militia begin swarming the area. They have no option but to head west, embarking on a long journey through a hostile landscape teeming with enemy patrols, wildlife, and mercenary mining operations. Thwarted by hunger and illness, the men must learn to rely on each other’s very different skill sets if they are to survive.

international title: The Mercy of the Jungle
original title: La Miséricorde de la Jungle
country: Belgium, France, Rwanda, Germany
sales agent: UDI - Urban Distribution International
year: 2018
genre: fiction
directed by: Joël Karekezi
film run: 91'
screenplay: Joël Karekezi, Casey Schroen, Aurélien Bodinaux
cast: Marc Zinga, Stéphane Bak, Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga, Ronald Ssemaganda, Nabwiso Mathew, Kantarama Gahigiri, Were Edrine, Nirere Shanel, Michael Wawuyo Jr., Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce
cinematography by: Joachim Philippe
film editing: Antoine Donnet
art director: Geneviève Leyh
costumes designer: Shakira Kibirige
music: Line Adam, Nirere Shanel
producer: Aurélien Bodinaux
co-producer: Oualid Baha, Philippe Logie
associate producer: Joël Karekezi, Alon Knoll, Moussa Sawadogo, Casey Schroen, Gregory Zalcman
production: Neon Rouge, Tact Production, Perfect Shot Films, Karekezi Film Production (RW)
backing: TV5MONDE (FR), VOO (BE), BeTV (BE), Wallimage (BE), screen.brussels (BE), Eurimages
distributor: UDI - Urban Distribution International